01 July 2007

Daring Bakers: Bagels

How embarrassingly rude of me.

Last month I received a sweet little email from our favourite Cream Puff and a Lady Mistress of the Daring Bakers asking if I’d join the growing band of online bakers. Of course I said yes. Shortly thereafter I received my first challenge, organised by Quelia and Freya: Kosher bagels.

A few weeks ago, during one of the hottest days, I turned my little, blast funace of a kitchen into a bagel-making factory. Unfortunately, my work and class scheds are as full as if my little Beanie were let loose at a rotisserie chicken joint. So not wanting to be absent during my first, official DB challenge, I made them then. I mustn’t have been in my right mind to do it at that moment. It was so hot the dough doubled in size within 45 minutes…usually it takes something like 120 minutes for that to happen.

The recipe was easy enough. The only things I would do differently are divide the dough into 24-30 (instead of the 15 the recipe called for) and keep a very, very close eye on the second rising, perhaps not allowing a second rise for more than a minute or two. Many of my bagels turned out really poofy—because they grew a bit too much while waiting for their hot water bath and expanded while in the pot. I wasn’t incredibly adventuresome with gussying them up: plain, freshly cracked black pepper, poppy seeds and sunflower seeds.

Anyway, my horridly rude behaviour.

You see, we were supposed to have our posts up by this past Monday. Unfortunately all my real-life commitments left me without enough time to post the results.

I tried getting Beanie to post them, but he’s mad at me. You see, I’ve not been home for most of the week (work from 8-5, run home and change, head off to TFE’s to do schoolwork and work-work until about midnight or one am and then head home to collapse)—the cats were fed, not by me as the exbf came by to ensure their welfare (food and attention). All this busy-ness is also to blame for me only being able to eat two of the 16-20 bagels I made. The rest went decidedly fuzzy by the time I wandered into my kitchen 10-14 days after they were made. Yeah…I should have frozen them.

So when I mentioned him making the post for me, he turned around, hopped on the couch and sat pointedly ignoring me, with his back in my direction.


So here they are, my photos from my first DB adventure.



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Kalyn Denny said...

Oh yes, I am impressed. I've never made anything remotely this complicated.

K and S said...

These look good! Don't forget to take a breather now and again! :)

Anonymous said...

Well done!

I think your bagels look tremendous! And I can only imagine how hot your kitchen was ...

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

I'm telling you Jasmine, life just keeps getting in the way of my blogging.
I had a really great time making the bagels with Karen (BakeMyDay in the Netherlands). We had a totally wild time. Our experience and bagels about matchs yours.

Anonymous said...

Gosh, they look yummy! the toppings look fab. :)

Elizabeth said...

I so want to eat those bagels, Jasmine! They look fabulous. I'm really intrigued by the sunflower seeds and the pepper garnishes. I've only ever used poppy seeds, sesame seeds, or coarsely ground salt.

-Elizabeth, insanely jealous that you got to be a daring baker for the bagel challenge.

P.S. Of course, if I had been invited, no doubt I would have been horribly late with my blog entry. I am disgracefully behind schedule on drafted posts.

Helene said...

They look great! SO glad you finally made it!

Unknown said...

These are well worth the wait Jasmine!

Shaun said...

Jasmine, darling - Life can be a real drag getting in the way of foodie commitments! I'm trying to write my thesis, yet all I really want to do is catch up on food blogs, read cookery books, and get cracking in the kitchen. I feel for you. It is lovely that you've had some help around the house, and if I were there, I would have gladly volunteered to devour the bagel with sunflower seeds on top. Cheeky sod, aren't I? Congratulations for your Daring Bakers debut.

Peabody said...

Looking good.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jasmine! Congrats on completing your first DB challenge - your bagels look great!

jasmine said...

Hello all

This recipe was so easy and produced very yummy bagels. I foresee bagel making in the autumn, when the temps plunge.

Thanks for your kind words!